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Motorola Moto Z Force

    Motorola Moto Z Force

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    85 Engadget Score
    An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
    85

    An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

    How we score

    The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

    Engadget Review

    Think of the Moto Z Force as the Moto Z's big brother: It offers the same premium performance as the regular Z, but adds a larger battery, a camera that performs better in most situations, and a screen that resists damage. All of this makes the Z Force a tantalizing option, especially if you don't care about having an extremely skinny phone. Still, some of the Moto Z's most notable drawbacks apply here too: It's still a Verizon-only device and it doesn't have a headphone jack.

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    Pros
    • Top-tier performance
    • Shattershield keeps the screen in one piece
    • Excellent battery life
    • Very good 21-megapixel camera
    • Moto Mods are elegant and have potential
    Cons
    • Chunkier than the Moto Z
    • Another Verizon exclusive
    • Still no headphone jack
    • Camera seems to have software hiccups
    85 Engadget Score
    An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
    85

    An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

    How we score

    The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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    Score Breakdown

     
    81
    Average Critic Score
     
    80
    TechRadar
    The Moto Z Force is a competent smartphone on its own, made even better with a shatterproof screen and MotoMods. In addition, Moto gets props for a stellar camera and sticking to near-stock Android.
     
    80
    CNET
    The Moto Z Force Droid sounds better on paper, but the thinner, cheaper Moto Z is the one we actually want to use.
     
    60
    DroidLife
    Bottom line, I would pass on the Moto Z Force DROID, unless you really want those Moto Mods. The cool factor of those could maybe outweigh a few of the negatives with this device.
     
    90
    The Next Web
    If you were to never use a Mod on the Moto Z, it would still be one of the best smartphones of 2016. The mods are just very sweet icing on the cake.
     
    80
    PocketNow
    It’s a premium offering, backed up by some bleeding edge tech, which means it’ll cost you some cash to play along, and buying in early is always more expensive. Still, this is certainly one of the more fun gadgets we’ve gotten to play with in quite some time. Novelty is cool like that.
     
    90
    Mashable
    The Moto Z and Moto Z Force are easily Motorola's best smartphones in years, even if you don't care for the modular system.
     
    70
    Android Police
    If one of the Mods is for some reason exactly what you've been waiting for ... go for it. ... if you just think the snap-on accessory thing is cool and want to take a risk, this is the phone to get. For everyone else, you should at least wait to see if Motorola can release some more compelling Mods.
     
    80
    Android Central
    How badly do you want these Moto Mods? If you're not already madly in love with the Moto Z and have your mind set on it, are the Mods enough to sway you — and to get you to open your wallet? If so, congrats. You'll be buying yourself a very good Android smartphone.
     
    90
    PC Mag
    The Motorola Moto Z Force Droid combines several hot trends into a worry-free, expandable smartphone for Verizon Wireless users.
     
    90
    phoneArena
    The super-thin design is stunning while still feeling robust (even if it's tricky to get used to handling a phone so svelte), performance doesn't let us down, and both models offer some decent camera output.

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